Mad Paddling from Hobart, Australia

This excerpt is from Sports the Olympics Forgot Hobart on the island of Tasmania is home to the greatest paddling sports event in the world. Kayakers, canoeists, and rowers from all over the world descend on Hobart in the last week of January to celebrate the sea and all those who seek to skim acrossContinue reading “Mad Paddling from Hobart, Australia”

The Handstand Games in Moscow – Sports the Olympics Forgot

When the Handstand games resumed after World War I Yashin realized that he should try and include some throwing events. The discus proved impossible to include and the javelin far too dangerous, but there was more success with the shot putt and hammer. Yashin allowed athletes to wear shoes with semi-circular indentations in the solesContinue reading “The Handstand Games in Moscow – Sports the Olympics Forgot”

Feather Balancing from Rye

This is an extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions The Feather Balancing contest has been held in Rye every September 7th since 1673 and was originally begun to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the visit of Elizabeth I to the town. The contest was created because of the local fable that one ofContinue reading “Feather Balancing from Rye”